Firestone Walker XVII

Image courtesy of Firestone Walker Brewing Company

Image courtesy of Firestone Walker Brewing Company

Oh man.  Oh man!  Firestone Walker XVII Anniversary Ale is a true joy!  It’s an expensive joy, so let’s get this taken care of right off the bat:  $19.99 for a 22 oz. bottle, and if that scares you away, I don’t blame you.  I’m worth it though.  This 13.3% ABV (you heard me) blend of six barrel aged Firestone Walker ales pours a deep mahogany with garnet highlights and has a great bourbon bouquet:  sharp and boozey, with hints of vanilla, caramel and even a hint of cherry way back.  Take a sip and feel your gut warm!  Firestone Walker XVII Anniversary Ale is sweet, with hints of molasses and dark chocolate, and the oak bourbon and wine barrels add a complexity to the flavor profile that includes vanilla, tea and mild pipe tobacco.  The finish reveals more of the molasses and the tang of distilled spirits, with a touch of dryness.  Firestone Walker XVII Anniversary Ale is a labor of love, and the this beer is a testament to the dedication and passion that the brewers at Firestone Walker have for their craft and their product.  This is a special limited release, so don’t waste time, get out and buy yourself a bottle.  You will be amazed!

97/100 barrel aged strong ale

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